We’re in for a wet ol’ time, it looks like, and that raises the usual questions for riders. Is there any such thing as wet-weather gear that will keep a rider dry? What are the best tyres for a big dualsporter in the wet? Should I just stay home and wait for the sun to shine?
And so forth.
There aren’t any definitive answers – except for maybe “Should I just stay home?”, which you can answer for yourself.
The only way to get satisfactory answers to these types of unknowns is to answer them yourself by experimenting. And that means getting out there in the wet and seeing what works for you and your bike and the way you like to ride. Logging on to your favourite website and asking your mates will get you some good ideas and a head start, but at the end of it all, you’re the only one who can say what works for you. The tyre that’s awesome on a KTM 990SE might be an overweight anchor that scrapes on the swingarm of a DR650. The waxed-cotton jacket that’s so perfect for a 60-year-old bloke on his fully-faired BMW may be a bulky, hot, straightjacket for a 60kg 25-year-old on a 690.
The truth of it is you have to decide how keen you are. If you really want to get a great wet-weather set-up, get out in the wet and try a whole heap of things.
And right now is a good time to do it. A snorkel might even be an option.
Just quickly, the Cameron Corner Caper is bumping along, and Gav’s proposing a shake-down ride on March 24. More details when they’re available.